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Orkin Releases Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List

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Baltimore and Washington D.C. continue to hold top spots

ATLANTA (January 8, 2018) For the second year in a row, Baltimore tops Orkins Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, released today. New York fell four spots, while Dallas-Fort Worth joined the top 10. San Diego and Albany rejoin the list, after falling out of the top 50 in 2017, and New Orleans and Flint, Mich. join the list for the first time ever. Orlando has fallen off the list despite public lawsuits from hotel guests.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2016 November 30, 2017. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

The number of bed bug infestations in the United States is still rising, says Dr. Tim Husen, an Orkin entomologist. They continue to invade our homes and businesses on a regular basis because they are not seasonal pests, and only need blood to survive, he says.

Bed bugs are always in motion. They travel from place to place with ease, including luggage, clothing and other belongings. In addition to single family homes, bed bugs can be found in apartments, hotels, hospitals and public places like daycare centers, public transit, schools and offices.

According to a 2015 Bugs without Borders Survey by the National Pest Management Association, the top three places where pest professionals report finding bed bugs are apartments/condominiums (95 percent), single-family homes (93 percent) and hotels/motels (75 percent).

Any type of home is prone to bud begs. It has nothing to do with sanitation. We have treated for bed bugs everywhere, from newly built upscale homes to public housing, Husen says.

Bed bugs are capable of rapid population growth with an adult female laying two to five eggs per day (up to 500 in her lifetime), often making treatment challenging. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and are typically reddish brown. Their small size and ability to hide make them difficult to see during the day, so its important to look for the black, ink-like stains they can leave behind.

Bed bugs cannot be completely prevented so early detection is critical. To help detect bed bugs, Orkin recommends homeowners and travelers do the following:

At Home:

During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P to inspect for bed bugs:

Bed bugs are an elusive threat to your household and beyond, as they can reproduce quickly and travel on your belongings, so its critical to detect and treat for them as early as possible. Anyone who suspects a bed bug infestation should contact a pest management professional immediately.

For more information about bed bug detection and prevention, visit You can also find 100 facts about bed bugs in Orkins bed bug e-book: 100 Reasons Why Bed Bugs Are Freaky and Fascinating.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Using a proprietary, three-step approach, Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods. The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Since 2014, Orkins Start with Science initiative has donated $670,000 to fund science and math projects in public schools across the nation. Learn more about Orkin Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary ofRollins Inc.(NYSE: ROL). Follow us onFacebookandLinkedIn.

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Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs | Kill Bed Bugs | Terminix Canada

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Instead of using toxins to kill bed bugs, our bed bug heat treatment takes advantage of bed bugs' one true weakness - their inability to stand extreme temperatures - getting rid of bed bugs by overloading them with steady heat. Best of all, it does this without adversely affecting your home or belongings, since the temperature required to kill bed bugs is relatively low to humans.

There is considerable documentation citing the temperature and time correlations necessary to kill bed bugs and their eggs. Several sources report that adults and nymphs die within 15 minutes at temperatures greater than 113F, and eggs within an hour at the same temperature. Raising room temperatures above the bed bug thermal death point and maintaining that temperature for several hours can eliminate an entire bedbug infestation in one fell swoop, without necessitating the use of dangerous chemicals.

The temperature required to kill bed bugs and their eggs falls well within the temperature ranges achieved by our heat treatment for bed bugs.

The low thermal death point of bed bugs allows a Terminix bed bug exterminator to adapt our process to yout building and its contents, while still effectively killing bed bugs onsite. Unlike pesticides, bed bug heat treatments penetrate furniture and crevices, and kill bed bugs where they reside. Our process forces heat into beds, bedding, mattresses, furniture, electronics, and wall cavities, leaving no place for bed bugs to run - a true bed bug killer.

Since our bed bug heat treatments kill entire bed bug infestations, including eggs and bed bugs concealed in furniture and mattresses, a single bed bug killer treatment can render additional bed bug extermination visits unnecessary, saving you time and money.

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Bed Bugs Removal & Treatment – Pacific NW Pest Control …

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Pest Entry: Bed bugs come from a variety of places, some come from the outdoors and others are generally found in-doors. They can be, and often are, brought in on people and household pets.

Environment: Most biting insects like bed bugs need a host to survive. This means they can survive a variety of environments but are often found in moderate climates.

Reproduction: Bed bugs and other biting pests can become a problem very quickly as they may go unnoticed for some time. Small bites and skin irritations are usually quickly written off as mosquito bites or the occasional spider bite. In some cases, people do not have any reaction to these bites and may not even know that they have a problem.

Health Concerns: These pests can cause a variety of symptoms from itchy bites and allergic reactions, to serious illness in the case of certain bed bugs. Reoccurring bite marks or skin irritations should be treated by a medical professional and a thorough inspection should be done on the home to inspect for these pests.

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Bedbug Registry: Recent Bed Bug Reports for Vancouver

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Recent Bed Bug Reports for Vancouver

February 01

1251 Cardero St Moved into furnished suite on 4th floor September 2015.

January 28

1748 E Pender St Hello, I've lived here for two years this March and

January 27

621 E 7th Ave I had been getting the occasional itchy bite, so I decide

January 26

1086 Bute St January 2016: Long time resident, for seven years. This is

1278 Granville St I've lived at 1278 Granville st since 2010. I was jus

January 25

1210 Jervis St May 2013 - 4th floor tenant had huge infestation. When s

888 Pacific St I had 3 times bitten since summer and not sure what it w

January 24

370 Jackson Ave This is a low cost housing unit and full of bed bugs an

January 22

1250 Comox St I'm thinking of renting an apt in this building when one

January 21

1348 Barclay St I'm thinking of renting in that building. Are there st

330 N Nanaimo St The tenants that complained below did not report the

1763 Comox St Spring 2015. Bed bugs noticed in the suite. This was repo

January 20

1095 Bute St I live in this building very long time the building was no

1201 W Georgia St Living here currently, no bug problems in sight and m

January 16

1275 Haro St I have been living in this building for about 2 years now.

January 14

1100 Jervis St We stayed in Travelodge Richmond BC before new year. we

January 13

1130 E Broadway What an interesting report on this building. Do take th

January 12

1595 E 6th Ave Was supposed to move into a suite on the 4th floor, howe

January 09

1600 Beach Ave Bed bugs on 9th and 10th floor of Laurier. Don't move he

January 08

8708 French St In 2014 We had a bed bug and let the land lord know they

January 07

1333 E Broadway june and july 2014: german roaches in the entire kitche

January 06

Cassandra Hotel Found many bugs so grossbites all over my leg. Never ag

320 Abbott St I moved into my unit here in the summer. It seemed alrigh

January 05

55 Powell St test

January 04

2111 Main St We booked three rooms for three nights to go to the PNE fo

2132 Dundas St I went to view the apartment on the 1st floor to rent it

January 02

1395 Beach Ave Update: great results, no bedbugs to speak of. Very prom

1835 Mclean Dr Saw an ad for a suite in this building - Can anyone tell

December 30

1222 Pendrell St Whenever anything broak he never fixed it so we had to

December 29

1644 Nelson St Considering moving into this building (Dec '15/Jan '16).

450 N Nanaimo St Mice infestation, bed bug infestations. Slumlords who

December 27

Super 8 Vancouver Dec 26 2015, my 7 year old son had two bed bug bites

December 24

1333 Haro St I had bed bugs for most of my stay in this building (sever

December 22

347 W Pender St as of december 20 2015 there is no more bed bug in this

December 21

205 Kingsway 12/19/15 Stayed at best Western plus on Kingsway. Both m

December 16

1090 Jervis St This report above in entirely false and was most likely

2025 W 1st Ave The land lord is a total *%&$#! she looks like a Q-tip!

December 11

2010 Barclay St 2015/12/ 08. Got bitten, thought it was a rash. Then m

December 10

3989 Dumfries St I am aware that there have been bed bug issues in two

1650 Burnaby St bedbug infestation that kept us sleeping on the couch l

December 08

1885 E Pender St Unit on second floor was rumoured to have bugs. My nei

December 07

1433 Commercial Dr Moe on 11/10/2009 got it wrong, I lived at 1411 Comm

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Toronto ranked number 1 city in Canada for bed bugs …

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Toronto often finds itself perched at the top of various best-of lists. In recent years The Big Smoke has been voted one of the top cities to live and work in the world, with the some of the best restaurants in the country.

But theres little to brag about when it comes to the latest list weve topped. According to pest control provider, Orkin Canada, were number one when it comes to bed bugs.

Toronto topped all Canadian cities when it came to the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments carried out by Orkin.

Heres the top 10:

The dubious honour may not come as a surprise to some. Bed bugs have been spotted in Toronto Public Library books, on the TTC, and in numerous rental and vacation properties. According to the bed bug registry, there are currently 2270 reports for the critters across the city.

Heres some helpful tips for homeowners and vacationers trying to stay bed-bug free: (Source: Orkin Canada)

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Bed bug resources – Bed bugs: news …

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Bed Bug Resources: Table of Contents

University and Government Fact SheetsComprehensive Guides to Bed Bugs and TreatmentGet a suspected bed bug sample identifiedBed Bug Policy Advocacy Groups, Local Task ForcesBed Bug Blogs and Personal AccountsOther Sources of Information and SupportFrenchSpanishInformation on PesticidesInformation and Help for Landlords and TenantsInformation for the Hospitality IndustryInformation for Shelter OperatorsInformation for Home Visitors, Health Care and Social Workers, and others who work in peoples homesSelected Articles (trade and popular)Selected Research Studies (academic)Sources of Legal AdviceRegister Infested AddressesAudio, Video, Photos of Bed BugsInformation on Biting Mites, Bird Mites, etc.

Fact Sheets and Bed Bug Information Pages (university, government)

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Comprehensive Guides to Bed Bugs and Treatment

go back to Bed Bug Resources: Table of ContentsGet a suspected bed bug sample identified

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Policy Advocacy and Local Task Forces

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Bed Bug Blogs and Personal Accounts (and years actively discussing bed bugs)

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Is your story missing? Post it on our forums, or share a link to your bed bug blog with us (contact form). Other Sources of Information and Support

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About Pesticides

You can find your states pesticide regulatory agency here.

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For Landlords and Tenants

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For Hospitality Industry

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For Shelter Operators

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For Home Visitors (and others who work in potentially infested homes)

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Selected Articles (popular/trade)

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Selected Research Studies (academic)

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Sources of Legal Advice Note: if you have questions about your legal rights as a tenant, try calling the tenant organizations listed in the Information for Landlords and Tenants above. If your local organization is not listed (most arent), try Googling the name of your city (or the nearest city) and tenants organization. If you locate one in your region, they should be able to direct you to a local group. Please let us know if your local tenants organization should be added to our list please email me using this contact form.

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Register Infested Addresses

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Audio, Video, Photos

CBCs wonderful in-depth segment on bed bugs (Bed Dread and Great Eggspectations, 2007) unfortunately, no longer online as of 2014

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Bird (and other) Mites (a completely different problem)

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Bed bugs in Vancouver, WA: what to look for – Ask Mr. Little

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One of the common pests found in Vancouver, WA, throughout the state of Washington and Oregon is the bed bug. They are a major concern for homeowners, travelers, and businesses. Just one report of a bed bug infestation in a hotel, restaurant or on an airplane can ruin the reputation of a business.

The funny thing about bed bugs is people are terrified of finding out they have a bed bug infestation, but most people dont really know the signs of bed bugs. Any small insect people encounter often gets identified as a bed bug and people go running for help.

If you live in Vancouver, WA, Clark County or anywhere in the Northwestern United States and are afraid you have a bed bug infestation, stop and learn what the signs of bed bugs look like. Then, if you really feel you have bed bugs, contact your local Vancouver Western Exterminator office for help.

Identifying bed bugs without specialized training is difficult. Adult bed bugs are very small. Bed bug eggs and bed bug larvae are so small they look like dirt, or are nearly invisible. Plus, bed bugs are very good at finding hiding spaces for their eggs and young.

Bed bugs hide in the tiniest of cracks in wooden bed posts. They hide beneath the bed sheets and the tiny folds and cracks in a mattress. They can hide in the carpets, on the walls behind photos, electrical sockets or other areas, too.

Given how small the bed bugs are, and how well they hide, you may need to look for other bed bug signs and not the insects. Some of the first signs a bed bug infestation is starting include:

Bed bugs bites are also often the first signs of a bed bug problem that has become very serious around your Vancouver, WA, home or property. Since the bed bug skins, blood spots and fecal spots can be very small and are easy to miss, you may first notice the bed bug bites on your body.

Bed bugs sneak out from their hiding places at night and feed on sleeping people because they do not want to be disturbed when feeding. Someone who is awake is more likely to move, and they prefer peace and quiet to feed.

Bed bugs will bite arms, legs, and on the torso of people. They appear as red spots which may or may not become raised bumps. Bed bugs often feed together or multiple times during the night, so, there are often numerous bites and they appear in a line on the body.

Bed bug bites may not itch, as it depends on your bodys reaction to the chemicals they inject in order to keep the blood flowing so they can feed. Do not scratch them, but keep an eye on them and make sure they eventually fade. If you have any kind of allergic reaction to the bed bug bites, seek medical attention.

If your home in Vancouver, WA, has any signs or you are finding bites on your body, you should get rid of bed bugs. It can be very, very difficult to get rid of bed bugs on your home as the insects can breed very fast and missing just two of them around the house can lead to a re-infestation of the entire home.

Bed bugs can also spread throughout a house or even an apartment building, or office. Since they hide so well, it takes training to spot the signs of bed bugs and evaluate the seriousness of the infestation.

Keep a sharp eye out for bed bug signs. Get assistance from a professional as early as possible.

If you travel, try these tips:

Regardless of what signs you have seen, if you think you have bed bugs in Vancouver, WA, or Clark County, contact your local Western Exterminator today!

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Bed Bugs | Morgellons – A Mundane Approach

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The biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II has officialsworried.

Dont worry, Im not going to turn my blog into yet another blog that posts all kinds of news stories. However this one, which has been simmering for a long time, offers some interesting insight into our condition. In the story below I have highlighted certain things that I will expand upon after you read the story (read the whole story, it is pretty frightening actually). My point is NOT TO IMPLY that bed bugs are involved in Morgellons, what is interesting here is the effect the bed bugs have on those they are plaguing. This is an extremely well written article.

WASHINGTON The biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II has sent a collective shudder among apartment dwellers, college students and business travelers across the nation.

The bugs reddish brown, flat and about the size of a grain of rice suck human blood. They resist many pesticides and spread quickly in certain mattress-heavy buildings, such as hotels, dormitories and apartment complexes.

Two shelters have closed temporarily in Charlotte, N.C. , because of bedbugs, a Yahoo chat group dedicates itself to sufferers and countless bedbug blogs provide forums for news, tips and commiseration. State inspectors say that more emphasis may be needed to tackle the creatures.

Federal officials have taken notice of the resurgence. Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency held its first-ever bedbug summit, and now a North Carolina congressman wants to take on the insect.

Democratic Rep. G.K. Butterfield just introduced legislation that would authorize $50 million thats already in the Department of Commerce budget to train health inspectors how to recognize signs of the insects.

The Dont Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009 also would require public housing agencies to submit bedbug inspection plans to the federal government. It would add bedbugs to a rodent and cockroach program in the Department of Health and Human Services. It also would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research bedbugs impact on public mental health.

Butterfields letter to congressional colleagues about the legislation attracted lots of attention: It was topped with a full-color picture of the insect sitting on human skin.

Unfortunately, in recent years, the United States has seen a resurgence in bedbugs, the letter reads. Thats right theyre back in the sack and biting.

Bedbugs have hit hotels and homes in every state. The creatures are amazing hitchhikers, experts say, and easily travel in suitcases, boxes or packages. They can live for up to a year without food.

Apparently no state has a central reporting system for bedbugs, according to Butterfields office, and since the bug carries no known diseases, many health departments dont consider it a public health threat.

That leaves the critters falling through the cracks among regulators, said Michael Potter , an entomologist at the University of Kentucky and one of the countrys bedbug experts.

Most health departments say, Hey, we dont deal with bedbugs, Potter said.

Those whove suffered outbreaks say that the anxiety it induces can be debilitating. Potter said many sufferers tossed out furniture and could spend thousands of dollars on repeated treatments from pesticide companies. They call him about anxiety, insomnia, shame and the incessant annoyance of itchy red welts on their skin.

Theyre, like, ready to blow their brains out, Potter said. Its emotionally distressing. Anyone that has never had a bedbug problem is not one to judge whether were dealing with a medical, emotional public health issue.

In Congress , Butterfield first introduced his bill a year ago after hearing from a constituent whod brought bedbugs into her home from a hotel trip. The bill died in committee last year, but Butterfield aides say they hope that higher attention will help the measure this year.

The co-sponsors include Reps. Don Young , R- Alaska , Ben Chandler , D- Ky. , Bobby L. Rush , D- Ill. , Betty McCollum , D- Minn. , Corrine Brown , D- Fla. , Steve Cohen , D- Tenn. , Brad Miller , D- N.C. , and Eddie Bernice Johnson , D- Texas .

Butterfield also has received support from the National Pest Management Association , which says that bedbug calls to pest control companies are up 70 percent in the past five years.

Greg Baumann , a Raleigh, N.C. , pest control expert and the vice president of technical services for the National Pest Management Association , said that a decade ago few pest control companies dealt routinely with bedbugs.

Now its everyone today, he said.

Baumann said companies could use pesticides on the bugs but that they also tried such alternatives as extreme heat, freezing and isolating the insects through mattress covers.

Since the EPA restricted the use of several effective pesticides in the 1980s, bedbugs have built resistance to the chemicals that now are on the market, said Potter, the University of Kentucky entomologist. Public education is important, he said, but the industry also needs a good insecticide.

Whether that bill is going to solve the problem certainly its a start, he said.

Interesting isnt it? The Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009 would require the CDC to study the impact of bed bugs on ones mental health. Why would that be? How strange a request, or is it? Listen to some of the descriptions those with a known infestation have (note, bed bugs to not live on ones body). People with bed bugs infestations suffer extreme anxiety to the point of being debilitating, insomnia, shame, tossing out furniture, and even wanting to as it says to Blow their brains out. I dont for a moment believe the comment that bed bugs dont carry disease though, any creature that feeds on blood spreads disease. However, and I must say this quote in its entirety floored me.

Theyre, like, ready to blow their brains out, Potter said. Its emotionally distressing. Anyone that has never had a bedbug problem is not one to judge whether were dealing with a medical, emotional public health issue.

Let me repeat this Anyone that has never had a bedbug problem is not one to judge whether were dealing with a medical, emotional public health issue.

If you are not a Morgellons sufferer let me ask you a personal favor and withhold your judgment on us for now. In fact, be glad your Morgellons free but dont for a moment take for granted that you will always be. Take a moment and think about what this article is saying about these folks that have a known problem with bed bugs. Now consider that a Morgellons sufferer feels these things under their skin and they are also terribly ill on top of it. Throw in a unknown cause, the fact that many on the forums we have known and loved have died, the fact that there is no known treatment, and finally that we are mocked by the very doctors sworn to help us and you have something far worse on ones mental health than merely having bed bugs. The truth is having a parasitical infestation (or something that feels like one Im not convinced Morgellons is a parasite at all) is incredibly scary at first, some never get over it and go over the edge, others simply cannot deal with it.

So, take a hard look at how having bed bugs is impacting those who have them. The truth is, you simply cannot fathom what it is we deal with, it cannot be explained such that one can truly ever really grasp the horror, and my hope is, you never have to know that horror. For those with bed bugs, my heart goes out to you.

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Bed Bugs – Poulin’s Pest Control Services

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Adults average 3/16 (4-5mm) long; broadly oval and flat. Their colour ranges from brown to reddish brown (after feeding). Head with beak/proboscis 3-segmented, not extending beyond front coxae. Ocelli absent. Antenna 4-segmented, 3rd segment longer than 2nd or 4th. Pronotum with front margin deeply concave to receive head, with side margins greatly expanded forward to beyond eyes, pronotum more than 2.5times as wide as long as its middle. Bases (coxae) of middle and hind legs widely separated; tarsi 3-segmented. Front wings vestigial, reduced to wind pads; with contiguous (touching) portions shorter than scutellum (triangular plate directly behind pronotum) in length. Body upper surface sparsely covered with short golden hairs, usually shorter than diameter of 2nd antennal segment. It can emit an obnoxiously sweet odour from scent glands.


Bed bugs harbour in cracks and crevices during the day and come out to feed at night. Typically they can be found around mattress buttons and beading in boxsprings or their coverings, and in any crevice of a wooden bed frame, such as at the joint. Other places to check are wall hangings such as picture frames, night stands, stuffed furniture, baseboards, floorboards, behind loose wallpaper, light switches, door and window frames, conduits, wall voids, attics and other enclosed places. They will crawl considerable distances to obtain a blood meal. They can be introduced into a structure via used furniture or in belongings of someone who has been living in a bed bug infestation. Adults can survive for up to 12-18 months without feeding. When the temperature falls below 61F/16C, adults enter semi-hibernation and can survive for months. Bed bug infestations have been found in transportation vehicles such as boats, trains, airplanes and buses as well as in movie theatres where they typically harborage in seats and associated frames. Besides the characteristics obnoxiously sweet odour, the other primary clues to an infestation will be the presence of bedbugs and/or small red to reddish brown fecal spots on surfaces.


A thorough inspection is crucial. Treat any bed bugs found with an appropriately labelled pesticide. Mattress and box spring encasements should be used. In apartment buildings and hotels, its advisable to also inspect units to either side and above and below the infested unit, and treat as required. Control of bed bugs involves co-operation with home owners and/or tenants. Depending on size of infestations found, multiple treatments may be needed. Treat night stands, stuffed furniture, baseboards, floorboards, behind loose wallpaper, light switches, door and window frames, conduits, wall voids, attics and other enclosed places with properly labelled residual insecticide. Use insecticide dust in wall voids and under carpet seams. Vacuums are a great way to physically remove bed bugs from an area. Be sure to vacuum cracks and crevices where bed bugs hide. Also, when finished vacuuming, treat the vacuum hose and throw away the vacuum bag.

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Freezing Bed Bugs: Does the Cold Kill Them? –

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How Bed Bugs Get Inside

Bed bugs are insects that are often introduced into homes via infested belongings such as luggage or second-hand furniture. Since these pests bite, homeowners with bed bugs usually want a quick and easy fix to get rid of them.

Unfortunately, these tough pests are able to breed quickly, hide well, and survive all but the most extreme conditions.

Putting infested objects like clothes or bedding in a freezer can help get rid of the bed bugs, but each item should be placed in a plastic bag prior to freezing.

Keep the temperature at -19 degrees Celsius for about four days in order to be effective. Even then, some bed bugs may live through the freezing process.


Keep in mind that putting some items into the cold may damage them. Freezing is also best for small items, not whole-house control. For mattresses, furniture, and other belongings, homeowners will need to explore other control methods.

Residents should not attempt to freeze bed bugs by turning off the heat or opening the windows in their homes during cool weather. This tactic does not work and can lead to burst pipes and structural damage.

Some pest professionals use heat or freezing treatments to control bed bugs, but these methods require special equipment, training and skills. As a result, freezing can kill bed bugs but is not the most practical approach for residents to attempt themselves.

A call to the bed bug experts at Orkin Canada is the best option to remove bed bug infestations.

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